VANCOUVER MINI COOPER CLUB 

Driving Hints for VMCC Runs

Sun, August 24, 2014 2:08 PM | Anonymous

Regardless of the number of MINIs we get on runs, when we meet up to travel to the start of an event, and home again, we automatically adopt convoy rules. 

 

Does 'Convoy Rules' mean anything to you? If it doesn't, the following is intended to explain the meaning and purpose of a few simple rules.

 

The success of a VMCC run depends on two things:

a) The driver of the lead MINI (not always the Run Manager) knowing where he/she is going!

b) The driver of each MINI staying, WITHOUT FAIL, with the MINI BEHIND THEM ; NOT the MINI in front..

 

In practice this means that each driver, starting with the lead MINI , drives in such a way that they never lose visual contact*, for any significant period, with the MINI following them...

 

DO NOT attempt to stay with the MINI in front...Your responsibility and allegiance is with the MINI BEHIND you. Keep the car behind you in sight - if you've lost them,  Signal, pull over and STOP in a safe place until they catch up.

 

Drive at a speed and in a manner that the car behind you stays in contact.

The following are a few ideas/hints on how to achieve this:

a)  Drive at a speed that you can comfortably and safely maintain. In many instances the MINIs at the front of the convoy are more experienced drviers, many with high perfroamnce driving courses under their belts. in an efort to impress or ? many new run particpants push to teh front, only to hold up the convoy. However, if all goes to plan the actual speed of the convoy should be set by the slowest car.

 

If you find you are consistantly pulling away from the MINI behind you, slow down slightly to allow them maintain visual contact. Conversely if the MINI behind you closes the gap, and you are able (and willing)  to raise your speed slightly, do so until you have re-established a reasonable gap between vehicles.

 

If the speed is too much for you, pull over (when safe) and wave the convoy by - the last MINI will "sweep" you back in to the convoy at a more reasonable pace.

 

b)  Do not close up on the MINI in front unless the MINI behind has closed up on you! Try and maintain a constant speed, try not to keep speeding up and slowing down. The effect is accentuated as you pass down the convoy!

 

c)  Space between cars. There is no "gap" or set distance; it will depend on speed, road conditions and line of sight.

 

  • On main roads the gap can be quite large allowing other vehicles to overtake easily;
  • On country roads the gap should be reduced to aid visual contact but still allow space for other traffic to overtake.
  • In town,  the gap should be as small as possible. This aids visual contact and maximises the number of cars that can pass through traffic lights, stop signs, merges, etc.

*line of site visual contact also aids in the effectiveness of FRS radio communication

 

A MINI convoy is made up of three parts: 

 

Run Leader

  • The Run Leader must monitor speed at all times, remembering that the rear of the convoy may be a long way back!
  • Constantly view mirrors to ensure the convoy is not spacing out too far. (carry an FRS radio and a co-pilot if possible.
  • If a lot of traffic lights are encountered, it may be necessary to pull over somewhere safely to reform.
  • A generous use of indicators when changing direction or turning. 
  • If the convoy is too large to keep together, form a couple of groups.
  • Inform the group prior to departure of the destination and any stops (perhaps a map).
  • VMCC Members

 

Do not overtake the Run Leader.  Safe overtaking within the convoy is acceptable.
Watch the Run Leader for passing (use indicators)
Maintain a safe distance from the car in front (at least 2 seconds behind at 100 km/h)
Do not let the car in front out of sight.
Flash your lights if you're in trouble!

New and Non members travel  at the rear of the convoy, but in front of Tail-end Charlie.

 

Tail-end Charlie

Keep visual contact with the Trip Leader (if possible).
Ask passenger to use FRS radio or mobile to contact the Run Leader when necessary.

Contact the Run Leader if the MINIs at the rear have to travel too fast to keep up!

 

the VMCC  encourages all members to suggest club events and thank those who go to the effort of organising runs for the enjoyment of fellow members. 

 

Your club directors openly offer to assist with the planning of runs so please don't ever think your great idea will be "too hard."

 

Thank you, on behalf of the "El Presidente" and the entire VMCC.

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